MAPPING OF LAND DEGRADATION FOR NATURAL RESOURCE
MANAGEMENT IN FERLO - SENEGAL - A 2012 UNESCO MAB SITE
Drop in biomass production over 6 yr identified areas connected to boreholes
where severe land degradation had taken place.
degradation coursed by unsustainable utilization of natural vegetation by
livestocks is a major problem for management of wildlife in Sahel. In Ferlo
fauna reserves, Senegal,
a combination of
Landsat and NOAA AVHRR data for
provide decision support for management of faunal
Annual changes in bio-mass production over six years
ponds and wadies under
The satellite derived resource pressure
linked with areas of
importance to identify areas where natural resource management should be applied
for conserving biodiversity values within the national parks.
ground-breaking approach of using
low resolution satellite
together with biodiversity maps and e.g. boreholes has implication for
management of natural resources not only on a national
scale but also
on a regional scale for areas under pressure form pastoralist.
The satellite derived change analysis furthermore revealed a general drying of
the area - which had a traumatic effect on selected tree species.
I 2012 the Ferlo reserves were included in the
UNESCO MAB list.
PRINS, E (1997): Natural resources and resource utilization in Ferlo Fauna
reserves, Senegal – A mapping report on natural resources and resource pressure.
Danida/Ornis Consult Ltd. August 1997.
PRINS, E. (1997): Natural resources and resource utilisation in Ferlo faunal
reserves - a. SEREIN Occasional papers No 5 - Sahel
Workshop 1997, Baseline Mapping report on natural resources and resource
Client: Danida 1994-99